Ticket & General Info
The farm is now closed for the winter. We will be open again early in the summer of 2024, and will announce a specific opening date closer to the time.
MAIN LAVENDER FIELD
We have over 30 acres of lavender containing a wide range of varieties for you to explore. You can wander wherever you like within the field and pick some lavender to take home with you. We provide paper bags for collecting lavender at the entrance to the field. We kindly request that you bring your own scissors. We advise that the lavender should only be cut from the sides of the bushes, not from the top. Our main flowering season is between mid-June and late August. Amateur photography is welcomed!
LAVENDER DISPLAY FIELD
Adjacent to our main field of lavender is our display field, which is free to visit. The display field contains over 60 varieties of lavender, with flowering times staggered between May and late August. Please be aware that we don’t allow any lavender picking here.
The sunflower field is located on the right-hand side of our main lavender field. Our sunflowers typically flower later on in the season in August and September. You can pick your own sunflowers for a fee.
Featuring a range of gourds and squashes grown right here on the farm, our pumpkin patch is located towards the right-hand side of the main field and opens in October each year. Our selection includes pumpkins in a wide range of shapes, colours, and sizes, and are typically available from as little as £2.50.
WILD FLOWER MEADOW
We have many varieties of British wild flowers in our meadow including Common Knapweed, Lady’s Bedstraw, Poppy, Tufted Vetch, Cornflower and Field Forget-Me-Not. The meadow can be found towards the right hand side of our main field and will usually be in flower from early summer.
CUT FLOWER AREA
Flowering between May and October, you can see a selection of fresh flowers including Dahlias, Cornflowers, Strawflowers, Nigellas, Cosmos, Zinnias and Astrantia growing in our fresh flower area close to barn.
Our lavender attracts a diverse mix of wildlife. Bees are the most visible and audible of our natural inhabitants during the summer, but the farm is also home to hares, butterflies, partridges, skylarks and many more.
Experience a different view of Hitchin Lavender by walking along the public footpaths which pass by the main field and through the farm.
THE OLD BARN
Our 17th century barn serves hot food and drinks, homemade cakes, and has a children’s play area just outside. You will also find our main gift shop here, alongside a large variety of lavender plants for sale.
Lavender has been grown in and around Hitchin for hundreds of years and our museum pays homage to this. Perks and Llewellyn was an apothecary located in Hitchin town centre until the 1960s. Hitchin Historical Society have kindly loaned us much of the furniture and artefacts from the original Perks and Llewellyn apothecary, giving our visitors an insight into local uses for lavender in the Victorian period.
THE FIELD KITCHEN
Located in the main lavender field, our street food truck stocks a selection of light lunches, sweet treats, and hot and cold drinks.
Situated next to our field shop, you’ll find a selection of drinks and delicious ice creams in our Wagon.
We have two shops onsite, one in the Old Barn and another in the main field. We stock a range of own-brand products containing lavender grown here on the farm as well as other locally sourced products and gifts. Most of the products in our range are also available to purchase online.
Our car park is located between the main field and the display field. We do not charge for parking at Hitchin Lavender. If you’re interested in arranging a coach party visit, these need to be booked in advance by prior arrangement. Please see our Group Bookings Info.
Toilet facilities are available in the Old Barn and in a temporary block in the main field during our peak season. Accessible toilets for people with disabilities and baby changing facilities are available in both areas.
Dogs are welcome onsite so long as they are kept on a lead and any doggy deposits are cleared away by their owners.
Professional photography is allowed anytime during our general opening hours but is subject to an additional fee. Please see our FAQ for further information.